Black and grey

Attarine Medersa, Fez, by Katie Cooke, taken with a pinhole camera. ©Katie Cooke

Attarine Medersa, Fez, by Katie Cooke, taken with a pinhole camera. ©Katie Cooke

An exhibition at the Fox Talbot Museum, Lacock, which runs from 12 April until 22 September 2013, examines the relevance of black and white photography today.

Musée Gallo-Romain, Lyon, by Nettie Edwards, taken with an iPhone. ©Nettie Edwards

Musée Gallo-Romain, Lyon, by Nettie Edwards, taken with an iPhone. ©Nettie Edwards

The exhibition features the work of six artists working with black and white photography: Anthony Jones, Deborah Parkin, Trevor Ashby, Nettie Edwards, Mark Voce and Katie Cooke.

Ben Youssef Medersa, Marrakech, by Katie Cooke, taken with a pinhole camera. ©Katie Cooke

Ben Youssef Medersa, Marrakech, by Katie Cooke, taken with a pinhole camera. ©Katie Cooke

Roger Watson, the curator at the Fox Talbot Museum, comments that the absence of colour forces us to notice the texture, line and shape in the images.

Versailles Grand Canal: February 2013, by Nettie Edwards, taken with an iPhone. ©Nettie Edwards

Versailles Grand Canal: February 2013, by Nettie Edwards, taken with an iPhone. ©Nettie Edwards

The cameras and techniques used vary from the most recent – the iPhone – to the most traditional – the pinhole camera – demonstrating the almost infinite possibilities of black and white photography. However, all the artists seem to share an interest in contemplative observation and an appreciation of the passing of time.

6 Responses to “Black and grey”

  1. deana Says:

    The museum and Talbot’s work is a national treasure to be sure. The earliest photographs are absolutely magical… like eavesdropping on history. Bravo for those pinhole camera shots. They are lovely. The iphone shots are amazing too— fossils on paper.

  2. Melanie Doderer-Winkler Says:

    A Fox Talbot post which obviously makes me think of you!

    Situated close to Bath, Lackock Abbey and the surrounding village is now owned by the National Trust and so picture-perfect that it nearly hurts. I really should get out of London more often.

  3. Emile de Bruijn Says:

    Deana, Melanie, glad you like these – and Lacock.

  4. Sandra Jonas Says:

    So beautiful! Colour can be so distracting. Here it is just pure form.

  5. Mark D. Ruffner Says:

    As a collector of daguerreotypes, I’d be in heaven visiting the Fox Talbot Museum. I still view black and white photo portraits as more elegant.

  6. Emile de Bruijn Says:

    Mark, you must make the pilgrimage one day :)

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